Flowers: small; numerous; whorled in panicles. Calyx: of three persistent sepals. Corolla: of three deciduous or falling petals. Stamens: four to six. Pistils: numerous. Leaves: from the base; on long petioles; rather lanceolate; ribbed; closely resembling those of the door-yard plantain. Scape: varying greatly in height.
One would at once discover the kinship between the water plaintain and the arrow-head, although the latter is a much more pleasing flower. But, if plain, our little plant is generous. It distributes itself very widely, and its corm-like tubers are said to be greatly enjoyed as an article of food by the Kalmucks.